Sunday, 8 April 2018

A selection of scenes ....

finished painting the miscellaneous figures I obtained recently ...

 priests in action ....

a selection of workers....

supplies to the great hall ...

trouble with a stray walrus ......

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The great hall completed ....

The great hall build project is finished; the roof made using felt looks quite effective, so may use the same scheme again. Have put some sort of indication of decorating carving around the front entrance ....


Roof and side wall off, ready for a story line style interior shot ...
interior shot a bit bare at the moment, a bit more window dressing, seated figures etc will improve the overall effect

Friday, 30 March 2018

A miscellany of figures arrives ...

I picked up a job lot of Irregular Miniatures accessories off Ebay for a good price. Most of them were from the siege equipment range which are more towards 25mm in size.  I spent a couple of hours sorting through them, tweaking and basing up the ones I liked - anything I didn't want has gone into the melting pot.

After the sift through I have 25 figures, a cart and some useful accessories (weapons, barrels and chests).
The figures have been based with little thin cardboard riser - brings them up in height to ones I already have.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Building the great hall (3) ....

Had a think about the roof, decided to go with thatch. Stuck for material to use, then I found some felt offcuts in box, suitable enough.

re-inforced the basic roof with MDF formers.....
 cut the felt to approx size and stuck over the outside....
 trimmed then folded back and stuck on the underside; another double thickness piece added for the roof ridge ...
Next I made a small section of roof made up to improve the interior piccies, a piece of MDF with some cardboard roof joists, very basic but effective .....

 while in the zone got on with the basic items for the interior.., some benches and tables from thin cardboard ...

 final item a small fire pit, used some bits of clear plastic to represent flames - should work, we'll see how it looks when painted up ...
Well the big build is done, now theres all the painting to do ! 😁

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Building the great hall (2) ....

Sorting out the basic interior; not too cluttered has to work as a games piece as well (will consider latter whether to add roof support post detail).

basic raised areas on the side
 raised end for the lords chair ....
 doors shut on side, simple scribed card ...
 doors of main entrance open ....
 a quick sample interior shot checking on how it looks, with dressing will look better - might have to have some roof/beam detail to give height
 the basic roof cut ....
mulling over whether to have thatch or oak shingles - may go with the latter.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Building the great hall (1) ....

another little modelling project - a great hall; footprint is approx 6inches by 11inches - the size of a piece of leftover MDF board. Aim is to use as much stuff as I have to make it, so a rummage yielded - foam board, various thicknesses of cardboard, coffee stirrers and cocktail sticks; the look will be basic - enough to be used by either the saxons or vikings....

The initial shell of foam board, one wall is not stuck on as it will be removable to allow for internal photo-shoots..
 removable wall prepared and the slots to hold it added ....
 wall in place and the back end done ....
 last part of the exterior is the front with main entrance - the 'porch' has a wooden log style roof...
so a few things to do yet - interior structure, doors, roof and items for the interior (benches/tables etc) - oh yes and paint the thing up ..... then find somewhere to keep it, yes I'm making it and haven't though about storage - I'm sure there is a little space somewhere 😉

Sunday, 25 March 2018

meanwhile in Angleland ...

In the county of Wuduceastre...

Eolderman Rodor has gone to see where timber will be cut for his new hall... work is about to start ...